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Clogher Valley G C in Conway Cup Final

Conway Cup Captain Tony “Friar Tuck” Fee and his “band of merry men” have achieved what no other team has done in the short history of Clogher Valley Golf Club by reaching their first ever final. Punching well above his weight, Captain Fee inspired his team last Sunday to go to Baronscourt and produce an enormous giant-killing upset  to take the spoils in a tense 2nd leg finale resulting in a 17-15 victory for the men from “the Valley”!!

Confident they could make history, Clogher Valley entered the 2nd leg in Baronscourt with a slender 11-5 lead. In the 1st fourball out, “King Kevin” and Stephen McClelland marauded their way to victory, by winning the 1st nine, losing the 2nd nine and winning their match overall to win 3-1, leaving the overall score 14-5 in Clogher Valley’s favour. The pairings of A. Little & J. Davis and J. Moore & John “Tiger” Burrell suffered heavy defeats in their respective matches, and in so doing lost all 8 points available to leave the overall team score tied at 14 points each with the 3rd pairing of Paul Colgan & Mervyn Spratt still on the course.
Colgan and Spratt won the front nine by two holes to edge the Valley men in front 15-14, knowing there were still 3 points to play for. Newtownstewart fought back to lead the back nine by two holes, levelling their match on the 15th hole. They then won the 16th with par to go 3 up in the back nine and 1 up in their match with only two holes to play! At this stage Newtownstewart (last years beaten finalists) were odds-on favourites to progress but the men from the Valley are made of sterner stuff and Spratt held his nerve on the tricky par 4 17th with a great chip and 4ft putt to win the hole with par … game on again!!!
Two great approach shots saw both Newtownstewart players sitting in the middle of the par 4 18th green in two, with both having birdie putts and seemingly certain pars. Spratt was unfortunate to go out of bounds and out of the hole and Valleys hopes hung by a thread when Colgan pitched short of the green in two. Colgans 3rd shot fell 12ft short of the pin and the viewing gallery waited with bated breath to see the outcome. Both Newtown players missed their first putts and were no more than 4ft from the hole. Colgan had to hole his tricky 12ft putt and hope both his opponents missed theirs. “Robin Hood” COLGAN, under the utmost pressure “arrowed” his ball into the back of the cup for par to a rapturous “Ryder Cup-like” cheers from all players and supporters watching. As the noise quietened for the Newtown players to putt out, mistakenly and unbelievably both Newtown players must have thought that was the end of the match and lifted their markers off the green, shook hands and walked into the clubhouse and in so doing, farcically gave the hole and match to Colgan and Spratt to secure another two points putting Clogher Valley into the final 17-15.
We now await the holders Strabane in the final to be played over two legs by end of August. History has already been made, and maybe, just maybe, it will be “One small step for Tony Fee and one giant leap for Clogher Valley Golf Club!!”


Captain Billy Reynolds was delighted that almost 90 golfers played in his strokeplay Captains Day at an immaculate Clogher Valley Golf Club (affectionately known locally as “Augusta”) which took place on Fri 18th and Sat 19th July. Some pins were in positions never seen before in “Augusta” and this helped produce one of the most challenging and entertaining Captains Days there for many years.

An early leader in the clubhouse on Friday was our “Conway Cups Mr. Consistency” Stephen McClelland with a nett 62 including a birdie on the 4th and 6 pars. But it was the experienced wylie old fox Robert Robinson who also carded a creditable nett 62 including 10 pars who was the overnight leader on countback.

Day two on Saturday – Enter the Gladiators!!

A packed “Augusta” from early morning saw everyone jockeying for position as they sought to out-think (and out-drink!!) each other in plotting their way around our little gem of a course in the Clogher Valley. Pleasantries were exchanged and Captain Billy set the happy and relaxed tone for the day with his amusing “roll call” in the clubhouse and Peter Alyss and Ken “on the course” Brown duly obliged by providing commentary at certain holes on the course.

As each fourball disappeared down the 1st fairway, sadly for some, so did their chances of wearing the “Green Jacket”, as “Normans Rough” proved to be “Amen Corner” with several golfers kneeling, praying they could find their ball!!

A serious contender was 10 handicapper Stuart Burke who carded a fantastic 5 over par and also nett 62 including 2 birdies and 11 pars, but amazingly he wasn’t to feature in any of the prizes, not even gross!! Our very own Rory McElroy (note different spelling!!) from Augher was unable to make a challenge, and as players cooled down at the refreshment tent at half way, it became obvious it would take a great score to emerge the victor!

With some serious contenders still to finish, Garnett Hackett (or “Gariff ‘Ackett” as our President calls him!!) “stitched his flag to the mast” to become the new leader with a great score of nett 61, and was left to dwell on a double bogey at the last and what might have been! Young 12 handicapper Jack Montgomery came oh so close and even a level par back 9 wasn’t enough to repair the damage and he finished scratching his head also with a nett 62.

As the last of the fourballs crossed “Magnolia Lane” (Morrows Lane) for the last time, it was in-form 20 handicapper Andy Little who showed some “class” to emerge from the pack. Andy was favoured with Gods grace as he recovered from carding a 9 on the par 4 7th and showed a lot of faith as he parred the 8th and birdied the 9th and finished carding a brilliant 7 under par nett 60 to win his first “Major” and lift Captain Billy’s 1st prize!!Dessie “Last of the Summer Wine” McCormick won Senior prize, Davy (born again golfer) Phair won the non-handicapper prize 33pts, Castle Hume President Hugh Johnston won visitors prize 41pts, Linda Armstrong remains the best golfer in the Armstrong house by winning Ladies 1st prize 39pts, Malachy Graham (who strokes the ball better than his paintbrush) won Past Captains prize nett 68. Roger (my ole buddy) Howe proved why his handicap has plummeted to 7 by winning gross with a 4 over 71. Kevin McGarry won High Handicap prize with nett 63, Eamon Rasdale and Joe Davis won Front9 and Back9 respectively, Aughnacloy President Everett Clarke won Longest Drive and Captain Billy’s son, Jack Reynolds, won the tricky Nearest the Pin. Captain Billy was delighted his big brother Gordon was able to make it an international occasion by flying over from Canada for the event.

An evening of great food, great company and great craic ensued and Captain Billy made sure that the relaxed and happy atmosphere continued with his witty and entertaining speech which at times had a crammed clubhouse in fits of laughter!! Captain Billy thanked everyone who had contributed to his Captains Day and made special reference to his and Lady Captain Carmel’s chosen charity Cancer Connect N.I. for their respective Captains Days. Also particular credit was given to Victor Collum, our “meet and greet” caretaker, and a special thanks to Greenkeeper Raymond Farrell and wife Violet for having “Augusta” in absolute pristine condition, proving that patience and perseverance are necessary requirements for the job! All prizes were courteously presented to all the winners by Captain Billy’s 1st lady Rita, and the craic and laughter continued into the small hours on what was a memorable day and night!! Captain Billy was reminded on numerous occasions that he forgot to mention his regular fourball of his V.C. Lefty Sean “Mickelson” McCaughey, Joe “Tom Watson trousers” Davis, and “the BIG EASY himself Barry “Ernie Els” Byrne…….. “If you had have been amongst the prizes I wouldn’t have forgotten you lads…..NOW THEN!!!”

Captain Billy Reynolds’ Invite to Lady Members

Club Captain, Billy Reynolds, extends an invitation to all Lady Members of Clogher Valley Golf Club to play in his Captain’s Day Competition.

Ladies may play the competition from Monday, 14th July through to Thursday, 17th July.

Hoping as many Ladies as possible will be able to make it over these four days.

Lady Captain’s Open Day | 9th July 2014

What a day! Lady Captain Carmel pulled out all the stops today for her Ladies’ Open Day with blue skies and sunshine throughout followed by delicious food and great prizes. Unfortunately no-one managed a Hole in One but there was one very close call!!!

We were delighted to see so many Ladies from other Clubs take the time to come along and play today. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Club Winner on the day was Linda Armstrong with a truly impressive 43 pts – great to see Linda playing so well, she really is giving the rest of us ladies a run for our money.

 Visitor Results

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”no”]1st Visitor – Geraldine McGrory (32pts*)

2nd Visitor – Roisin Park (32pts*)

3rd Visitor – Ann Kennedy (32pts*)

* on countback

Gross – Dympna Slowey (92gross)[/column]

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”yes”]Front 9 – Rita McKechnie (17pts)

Back 9 – Sally Redman (19pts)

Longest Drive – Carmel Stevenson

Nearest the Pin – Ruth Crooke [/column]

 Club Results

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”no”]1st – Linda Armstrong (43pts)

2nd – Florence Brunt (30pts)

3rd – Jenny Williamson (29pts)


[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”yes”]4th – Gillian Chartres (28pts)

36 Handicapper – Mary Fee (26pts on countback)[/column]


Winner of the Club 1st Prize and Perpetual Trophy, Linda Armstrong, receiving her prizes from Lady Captain Carmel

Lady Golfers, win a Nissan Micra Car at Clogher Valley Golf Club

The countdown to our Lady Captain’s Open Day has begun with the arrival of a Nissan Micra Car, kindly sponsored by Gerry McNamee of CarZone Irvinestown for a ‘Hole in One’ at the 3rd hole.

Lady Captain, Carmel Rooney, was on hand to receive the keys from Gerry on Monday Evening.

A great coup for our Club – now we just have to hope that one of the Lady Golfers has the skill (or luck) to win on the day!!!

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Lady Captain, Carmel with the Nissan Micra Car, sponsored by CarZone, Irvinestown


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Club Captain, Billy Reynolds & Lady Captain, Carmel Rooney with Gerry McNamee from CarZone, Irvinestown

A ‘Hole in One’ for Everet

A huge WELL DONE to Club Member, Everet Bennett on his ‘Hole in One’ at the 17th hole while playing in the Cancer Research UK Competition on Saturday, 5th July.

Hope you can pass along some hints and tips to our Ladies for Lady Carmel’s Captain’s Day on Wednesday 9th July – a ‘Hole in One’ at the 3rd hole will win them a Nissan Micra Car!!!


Monthly Prize Giving, Saturday 5th July 2014

In July our Monthly Prize Giving was pushed forward to Saturday Evening to coincide with the Prize Giving for the Cancer Research UK Competition.

Although some of our prize-winners were on holiday there was a good turn out and we were very pleased to welcome representatives from our sponsors as well as the local branch of Cancer Research UK for the presentation of prizes

Prizes were awarded for the Golf Nation (formerly Fletcher Golf) Competition, Hilltop Glazing Competition, Clogher Valley Credit Union Competition & Cancer Research UK Competition. Congratulations to all our Prize Winners.

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The Winner of our June ‘100 Club’ Draw was Eugene Rooney with ball 38 – congratulations Eugene!



Billy Reynold’s Captain’s Day, 18th & 19th July 2014

Timesheet is now available in the Clubhouse for Billy’s Captain’s Day on 19th July 2014. Please put your name in one of the designated Time-bands, for play on either the Friday or Saturday. Please note there will be no Tee-off’s after 11.00am on Saturday 19th July to facilitate Captain Billy’s guests.

A sheet has now been posted on the Clubhouse noticeboard for Members to put their name down for the Captain’s Day Dinner – see the poster for details.

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